1. Cicadas

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When the temperature rises in the summer, a constant buzz can be heard throughout the desert. It is the music of the cicada, an insect that makes its home in hot climates.

FUN FACTS:

  • The sound produced by the cicadas comes only from the male of the species who has his own calling song, mating song, and distress call.
  • This exceptionally loud song is produced by the rapid buckling and unbuckling of drumlike tymbals.
  • Cicadas are one of the loudest insects on the planet. They produce sound of up to 120 dB (louder than rock concert) that can be heard 0.5 miles away.
  • There are approximately 2,500 species of cicada around the globe, and many remain unclassified.
  • Cicadas can survive a huge fall as babies, or nymphs. They are about the size of a grain of rice when they drop from a tree branch to the ground and start digging.
  • They’re true bugs (from the order Hemiptera). So you can call them a bug and be scientifically accurate.
  • Females may be attracted to the sound of motors. So you get to watch your dad, mom or older sibling get swarmed while they’re using the lawn mower or power tools.
  • Cicadas (adults) can survive from 4 to 6 weeks.